Organocatalyst-mediated five-pot synthesis of (–)-quinine

Takahiro Terunuma, Yujiro Hayashi

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In this work, the enantioselective total synthesis of (–)-quinine has been accomplished in a pot-economical manner using five reaction vessels. In the first pot, reactions involve the diphenylprolinol silyl ether-mediated Michael reaction, aza-Henry reaction, hemiaminalization, and elimination of HNO2 (five reactions), affording a chiral tetrahydropyridine with excellent enantioselectivity. In the second pot, five reactions proceed with excellent diastereoselectivity to afford a trisubstituted piperidine with the desired stereochemistry. A further five reactions are carried out in the last one-pot sequence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7503
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • General
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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